Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 NW Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Expo

The Northwest Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo is an annual event put on by the Oregon Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.  The 2016 Expo will be held March 11th and 12th at the Linn County Fair Grounds in Albany, Oregon.  The doors open each morning at 9:00am.  This is an event you will want to put on the calendar now. 
The main attraction is over 200 demonstration tyers that rotate every 2 ½ hours over the two days.  There are 70 tyers tying at individual tables with chairs provided to sit and watch the tyer.  All of the fly genres are covered including nymphs, dry, steelhead, classic salmon, streamers, and realistic flies.  If you are not sure who to watch, the best thing to do is to walk around the tyer tables and find an open seat.  Even if you are not interested in a specific type of fly, a lot can be learned by sitting down and watching a tyer demonstrate different techniques.  Tyers will have tips on material selection, tying tips, and sometimes fishing tips for the patterns.  They are also able to answer questions during the demonstration.  It is one of the best ways to learn and improve tying skills.
Classes are offered each day for fly tying, casting, and fly fishing.  Classes are limited in size, so it is a great opportunity to learn in a classroom environment.  There are some casting classes that are 1 on 1, which provide excellent opportunities to work on specific casting problems.  There are casting classes that cover both single and double handed casting.  The fly fishing classes will help prepare you to go to a specific location.  You can sign-up for classes on the Expo website –, staring in January 2016.  The classes change each year, so make sure you check out what is being offered this year. 
Over 50 exhibitors attend the expo and offer great deals on everything from fly tying materials, fly rods and reels, fly fishing art, and boats.  The Expo presents an opportunity to see a wide variety of items in once place.   Exhibitors often offer special show discounts and will also have new items available for purchase.  There are many art items that are one of a kind and make special gifts. 
Throughout both days there are silent auctions and raffles.  Exhibitors and participants make wonderful donations that are used for these purposes.  The event concludes with a live auction and banquet Saturday evening.  The live auction offers one of a kind framed flies along fly rods and other special items.  During the banquet two college students that are majoring in fishery management are awarded scholarships.  The students give a short talk one what they are studying and it provides a look-in to the research that is being done on fisherman’s behalf. 
The Expo is put on by the Oregon Council to provide education to the general public on fly fishing and fly tying.  The revenues generated by the Expo are also used by the Oregon Council to provide educational programs on fly tying, casting, and fishing throughout the state of Oregon.  The Council also supports conservation projects with the proceeds. 
We hope to see you at the Expo in 2016!

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